The Leigh House Farm and estate was rumoured to have been given to Robert Dudley, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, in roughly 1572.
It consisted of a great deal of land, farms, stables and kitchen gardens. We still have nearly 5 acres of that land and present day Leigh House is compromised of the original Tudor farmhouse, the converted tithe barn and cheese maker/bread makers cottage set around the original farmyard. The Willows is the converted duck house.
As a family we moved to Bradford on Avon in the Autumn of 2010 in order to revitalise Leigh House and create what is now a fabulous boutique holiday rental property. We can accommodate people across individual, unique properties on site offering exclusivity of the grounds and facilities.
In taking on this Tudor farmhouse we have restored the fundamentals of drains and guttering and then moved onto the more exciting projects such as converting the Old Dairy, which was previously home to 3 donkeys.
We started from scratch, removing animal pens and the side wall of the Dairy and jack hammering up the concrete floor. There is now a beautifully sunny gym kitted out to the highest standards. The sauna is a treat at the end of workout or after a long walk in the winter.
Next on the project list is reestablishing a large pond on our land and continuing work in the Victorian walled garden.
Bradford on Avon has been a crossing point for the River Avon for centuries and this is reflected in the wealth of historic buildings in the town. The tiny Saxon church beside the river is over 900 years old and still has plaster angels in the walls.
The enormous Tithe Barn at Barton Farm is a wonderful example of 14th Century architecture and is used for film sets, plays and even Halloween ghost story evenings!
In wandering through The Shambles or along Church Lane you will pass buildings of virtually every age for the last 600 years, some of which are now cosy pubs or restaurants.
We benefit from having an array of genuinely independent shops and are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out.
Something for everyone.
There are several very good pubs within walking distance and Sunday Lunch out is a must. All the meat is sourced from local farms and the quality is excellent. Bookings are essential and the owner would be delighted to share their favourites and offer suggestions on the best places to dine locally.
National Trust properties are plenty, both in the immediate neighbourhood and slightly further afield. The Courts, Chalfield Manor, Westwood Manor, and Lacock Abbey are within a few minutes drive. Dyrham Park, Tyntesfield, Stourhead, and Montecute House are a little further away.
Family activities and Events in Bradford on Avon
Exercise & Sporting Activities
Hire a Canadian Canoe and paddle through the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal.
Towpath Trails by the Canal through the Cotswolds to Bath or Bristol
Visit Bradford on Avon Leisure Centre
In Bath (12 minutes by train) – Millennium Spa with Rooftop pool and Terrace
Wiltshire’s only 36 holes course is at Cumberwell Park, rated as 4* by Golf World, is half a mile away. Enjoy a round or two and relax in the friendly clubhouse.
Racing & Track Days
Whether it’s a Ferrari or a rally car that does it for you,test out your skills with various racing experiences at the famous Castle Coombe motor racing circuit.
Watch the City of Bath’s finest at the Rec (12 minutes by train). We recommend that you buy tickets in advance.
Discover the glorious countryside for yourself with wonderful walks through the Limpley Stoke Valley stopping at the Inn at Freshford or the Cross Guns by the aquaduct for refreshment.
Family friendly entertainment around Bradford on Avon
Above the library – Bradford on Avon through the ages, surprisingly interesting!
Wine tasting at AvonLeigh Vineyard, just over the road!
Ancient cosy pubs/Gastropubs abound with eight of them recommended by the Good Pub Guide within walking distance.
From Italian to Thai via Eastern Fusion, Bradford on Avon is well served with wonderful local restaurants including the recently opened Three Gables with fine dining Mediterranean style.
In Bath (12 minutes by train) the Theatre Royal – one of the oldest and most beautiful in Britain.
In Bath (12 minutes by train) ‘The Little Theatre Cinema’ (a small cozy cinema serving food and wine) as well as an Odeon.
Take to the skies and float over Bath and the Cotswolds in a hot air balloon or stay grounded and visit the world famous Balloon Festival in Bristol in August.
Longleat Safari Park
Fun for all the family all year round!
Family Event Grounds
Leigh House is set in 4.5 acres of rural land.
There are two lawned areas of just over an acre each choose from to site the marquee with views across to the White Horse at Westbury. Both fields are surrounded by woodland and are totally secluded. There is plenty of space for parking.
Nearer the house is an orchard and a large pond with mature willow trees. There is also a beautiful walled Victorian garden with lavender pathways and a rose arbour. The photographic choices are endless.
"The perfect family holiday home from home. Excellent base for exploring Bath and surrounding area's. Lots to see and do definitely recommend Longleat Safari. We were made very welcome and the cream tea on arrival was a lovely touch. The accommodation was superb and to a very high standard offering everything and more that we needed. As a large family with children to entertain we particularly enjoyed the large outside space for ball games."
"Beautiful, beautiful place to stay. Stunning setting, lovingly looked after. Blissfully comfortable bed! Charming, thank you."
“Thank you for a lovely stay at the Bake House. It has been a very comfortable “home from home“ and a perfect place to collapse!“
“A beautiful barn, really cosy and homely. Lovely location. The fire really gorgeous. The Castle great for food and lovely canal walks!“
"No place could be better for the occasion of your daughter’s wedding. A really special place a for really special celebration. Can’t recommend highly enough. Didn’t want to leave. "
“Above and beyond expectations, by far the best place I have stayed in!“
"We had a wonderful few days here exploring the area. Thank you for your hospitality."
"What an amazing way to celebrate a 40th birthday. Thank you Sue for making us feel so at home in your beautiful barn, special memories to be cherished always. The barn is even more gorgeous than the photographs, full of character and warmth. We all hope to see you again soon. Don’t want to go!"
"We’ve had such an amazing time for my Hen Weekend! We’ll definitely recommend this place to everyone we know! So sad to leave – we’ll have to come back . Thanks so much for making us so welcome."
"We had such a wonderful time here at Leigh Barn! We are very grateful for our friend’s recommendation linking us to you for the wedding weekend. It was a perfect home base for us attending all of the festivities. Thank you for your hospitality and extra attention to our own needs R Jordan & Family – “the American Contingent!"
"We have had another fantastic week at the Bake House, which provided us with all the comfort and relaxation we needed for a wonderful holiday. We are leaving refreshed, full of wonderful memories and looking forward to another visit. Many thanks.
"Special thanks from all the hens for a wonderful weekend staying in your beautiful Barn and Bake House. We had a fantastic time and would recommend this very special place (& Stephen!) to anyone. Thanks again"
“Such a beautiful house – really didn’t want to leave. Will be coming back many, many more times!“
“… we loved Bradford on Avon but it was also an easy way to see Bath, just a few minutes by train to the centre without all the hassle of driving and parking.“
"A lovely home for a family get together from South Africa, UK and Australia. All furnishings and amenities were comfortable and beautiful. Sincere thanks."
“We normally can't wait to get back to our own beds but this was the exception! Wonderfully comfortable beds and crisp linen. Perfect!“
“Perfect combination of style and comfort made for a perfect spring break! Aided and abetted by our hosts we were able to take full advantage of a wonderful area.“
"We have enjoyed our stay at the Bake House very much. What a beautiful place and with all the outside areas too! My girls had a wonderful time playing hide and seek and in the games room as well. Thank you for the all the great suggestions of places we would have missed otherwise. “The Castle” is awesome!
"A very special place for a very special occasion! We enjoyed celebrating our “Golden Anniversary” here – 50 years since we first met and became firm friends! Thank you from the “Famous Five"
"Such a perfect place for both our families to stay in for our marriage celebration. The building is beautiful, warm and cosy. Brilliantly equipped. Loved the table tennis in the evenings. Cannot think of a better place to stay and will recommend anyone to come here. "
"A wonderful time shared by three generations. Very spacious and well laid out. Beautiful setting, very nice touches and beautiful furnishings. Thank you for a wonderful half term break. Lovely comfy beds enjoyed by all!"
"Amazing Barn, great location. Love “The Castle”, nice pub within walking distance. Indian takeaway “Avon Spice” extremely tasty and v generous portions! Kids loved the games room and garden. All in all a fabulous stay. Thank you for all your help and recommendations!"
"…this is a little bit of heaven, a magic place – thank you."
“We have had a fantastic weekend and felt so at home, beautiful décor and amazingly comfortable beds made for a perfect weekend away.“
“There may be nicer places on God's Earth from which to send one’s daughter to be married and entertain one's family, but we can’t imagine where they might be found. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us.“
"Lovely barn to celebrate 3 birthdays, one being an 80th! Perfect location for a family group. Kids loved the play room, very comfy beds."
“A perfect setting for 8 friends to spend time together. The Barn is so comfortable and the attention to detail has made it a lovely experience, would love to come back.“
"Fabulous venue for a get-together! - Two night stay at the Barn celebrating my 50th. Fabulous venue, beautifully decorated, warm and probably the most comfortable beds we had ever slept in! Great place for a holiday, family and friend get-together or just about anything else. Champagne left in the fridge....what more could you ask for!"
“Warm, comfortable, easy to keep tidy - the Christmas tree and mulled cider were fab touches!“
“… we have really enjoyed our stay here. Everything has been a lovely experience, from waking to hear many beautiful birds to going on lovely walks. Would love to stay again one day.“
“Our annual “girls“ weekend away was just perfect, beautiful sunshine, setting and such a welcoming environment. We all fell in love with the Barn and all the finishing touches, you should be very proud of all your hard work! We will definitely be visiting again soon.“